July 26th, 2007


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 7 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 1 5 4 0 1 X   11 10 0
W – B. Looper (8-8)  L  – J. Marquis (7-6) S – None
Homeruns: D. Lee (9) A. Pujols (23) C. Duncan (20) S. Rolen (6)

Box Score

Well after extensive sensitivity training this afternoon, it was time for another game recap to see what else I could stir
up in the comments.

Jason Marquis would get his chance to get the Cubs within one loss of the Brewers for the division lead, thanks to the Reds beating them again. All hail Cincinnati! The Cubs were guaranteed the series victory over the Cards, it was time to see if we could get out the brooms. Oddly enough, we’ll have to cheer these same Cardinals on this weekend, as they host the Brew Crew. Reports today indicated the Cubs scouting staff was in Baltimore checking out Tampa’s Ty Wigginton. Perhaps Mr. Hendry isn’t done tweaking.

Up until the fifth, Jason looked sharp. Then…..like last night for Adam Wainwright, Jason lost it. A hit, walk, sacrifice, walk, hit by pitch, and a grand slam. Yuck. It’s one thing to give up the solo shot to Rolen. One run is within striking distance. Six. Not so much. Although, if you’re going to make a statement in trying to get back in it, get them back in the next half of the inning, as Derrek is showing that he may have found his power again. It was even better to see Jason Kendall realized that he was supposed hit the ball with that piece of lumber. Hey, I’m trying to find some positives out of an ugly game.

Speaking of ugly, all of you Cedeno fans need to get off the Ronny Kool-Ade. Yes, it was his first game at third in the majors, but once again he showed his lack of baseball intelligence. I really don’t understand how this guy keeps getting chances. Of all the youngsters we have this year, he is the least polished, and he has the most time at the major league level of any of them. Not that it mattered, the game was effectively over by the end of the sixth. I still don’t like to see mistakes like that.

If there was one positive out of this game, it’s that the Cubs didn’t lose any ground. Still two games out. The other positive, some of the guys that haven’t seen much time lately, got in the game. Hey, we had a Jake Fox sighting! In another odd move, Koyie Hill played Right Field.

Let’s go to Cinci, and pay them back for their fine work against the Brewers, by taking another series.

Matt’s Notes: Anyone notice how Jim Edmonds called off David Eckstein on a pop up? Take notes Cubs outfielders, it’s how to communicate.

Albert Pujols was kept in check until the game was out of reach anyway. He’s struggled mightily against the Cubs this year. Good for us.

This was one series that I thought we’d have a definite sweep. Zambrano, Lilly, Marquis. Marquis has to get consistent and last more than five innings.

Len seemed excited about the fact that three players were playing their first ever innings at a position they never played before. Not sure that’s worth bragging about.

STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Braden Looper (29.2%)
  • Second Star – Scott Rolen (11.5%)
  • Third Star – Chris Duncan (11.2%)
  • Turd of the Game – Jason Marquis (-18.3%)

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